OU Ties HR Record in Rout of Liberty

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 07, 2014
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
LU 3 0 0 0 0 x x 3 5 5
OU 4 2 4 8 x x x 18 19 0
W - L. Miller (3-0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2
L - DiMartino (1-7) 2.0 9 9 5 2 0
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Chamberlain 4 4 3 4 1 2
LU - Allen 3 1 1 3 0 0
Player of the Game
ChamberlainLauren Chamberlain // Jr. // IF
Chamberlain hit two home runs, a two-run homer in the first and another two-run shot in the third, to record her 13th career multi-homer game. She finished the day 3-4 with four runs scored, four RBI and a walk. With 64 home runs in her career, Chamberlain is tied for 22nd in NCAA DI history.

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma tied a school record with six home runs, including two each from juniors Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley, and the No. 19/13 Sooners (15-6) opened play at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament with an 18-3, five-inning win over Liberty (2-17) on Friday afternoon.

The six homers tie a record set against Pacific on Feb. 22, 2008, when Savannah Long, Traci Dickenson and Lindsey Vandever all hit two home runs apiece. OU has hit 10 home runs in the past two games after hitting four against Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.

Liberty quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead as the first two batters of the game reached on singles and Kelby Allen hit her second home run of the year to left center.

Oklahoma responded nearly as quickly, though, and needed to send just six batters to the plate to take the lead.

Sophomore Erin Miller led off with a single to right field and came home as Chamberlain connected on her third home run of the year. The two-run homer was Chamberlain’s third of the year and extended her Big 12 record to 63 in her career.

Pendley kept the rally going with a single up the middle. She then stole second and took third on a throwing error by Allen, Liberty’s catcher. Junior Georgia Casey walked and stole second base. Sophomore Whitney Ellis hit a single back up the middle to tie the game at 3-3, while senior Destinee Martinez followed with another RBI single to put OU on top.

Oklahoma added to its lead in the second inning with two more runs.

With two on and one out, Ellis singled up the middle for her second RBI of the day. An infield single from Martinez loaded the bases before junior Callie Parsons drew a walk to force in a run and make it 6-3 for the Sooners.

Chamberlain connected on her second home run of the day in the third inning. Just like the first inning, the two-run shot came after a single by Erin Miller. Chamberlain now has 13 multi-home run games in her career.

For the second time this year, Oklahoma hit went back-to-back as junior Shelby Pendley hit her sixth home run of the year.  Casey followed with a walk and Ellis drove in her third run of the day with a double to left field to push the lead to 10-3.

Oklahoma then put the run-rule into effect with an eight-run fourth inning.

Chamberlain led off with a single and Pendley connected for her second home run of the day to make it 12-3. For Pendley, it was her 10th career multi-homer game. After a single by Casey, sophomore Paris Townsend pinch hit and recorded her first career home run for OU’s fifth homer of the day.

Later in the inning, leading 14-3, Erin Miller turned on a 2-0 pitch and crushed a grand slam to push the score to its final margin. Miller has hit two home runs in her career, both of which have come this season and both of which have been grand slams.

Sophomore Leslie Miller got the win in relief to improve to 3-0. She allowed just one hit and walked one while striking out two. Casey got the start and pitched the first two innings, allowing three runs on the first-inning home run. She struck out four and walked none.



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